LAFD Battles Stubborn Fire in Vacant Westside Office

Thursday, January 31, 2013 |

CARTHAY - A stubborn fire in vacant office space above a westside dry cleaner, brought more than a hundred firefighters to battle flames in the two story building early Thursday, in what proved to be a greater alarm blaze.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 12:34 AM on January 31, 2013, to 1232 South La Cienega Boulevard, where they arrived quickly to discover heavy fire in a vacant upstairs office space.

Stubborn Fire in Vacant L.A. Office Causes $1.625M Damage. LAFD Photo by Harry Garvin, click to view more...Though the bulk of fire was soon extinguished, LAFD crews labored intensely with chainsaws and hoselines for nearly an hour, to gain access and fully extinguish natural gas-fed flames in deeply recessed floor and wall spaces. The well coordinated but labor intense effort confined the fire to the upstairs portion of the two-story 6,900 square foot building, which was not equipped with fire sprinklers.

The judicious use of water, combined with extensive salvage and protection efforts by many of the 117 Fire Department responders, severely limited damage to the downstairs business, Fame Cleaners.

The flames were fully extinguished in just 57 minutes, and no injuries were reported. Loss from the fire is estimated at $1,625,000 ($1,500,000 structure & $125,000 contents). The cause of the early morning blaze is undetermined.

Dispatched Units: E58 RA58 RA858 E292 T92 E43 E261 E61 T61 EM9 BC18 BC9 E59 E94 T94 E294 DC1 SQ21 BC11 RA92 E68 E229 T29 E29 E237 T37 EM11 T27 E227 E27 UR27 RA27 RA827 UR88 BC5 RA61 EM13 EA2 E37 E226 T26 AR2
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Los Angeles Firefighters Halt Flames in Wilshire Condominium Complex

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 |

GREATER WILSHIRE -  Los Angeles Firefighters quickly extinguished a fire on the roof and in the attic of a large condominium complex, before anyone was injured.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 12:42 AM on January 30, 2013, to 4477 Wilshire Blvd where they found three-story condominium residences over parking with smoke showing.

LAFD crews, arriving in less than four minutes, commenced an aggressive fire attack with hose-lines while their colleagues performed vertical ventilation with chainsaws on the roof. Simultaneously a rapid search of the 33 year-old building ensued, ensuring all occupants were out of harms way.

A total of 90 firefighters, under the command of Battalion Chief J. Castro, extinguished the flames in 41 minutes.

The fire started in an elevator room on the roof and quickly spread through the attic. Three units on the third occupied floor suffered fire and water damage, and a several units below suffered water damage.  Once the flames were out, firefighters concentrated efforts on carefully removing residual water from affected units and protecting the occupants property.

No injuries were reported.

There did not appear to be any suspicious circumstances causing the Greater Alarm Structure Fire. Monetary loss is still being tabulated.

Dispatched Units: E229 E29 T29 RA29 RA829 E61 T61 E261 E27 EM11 BC5 BC11 E68 E226 T26 E227 T27 DC1 SQ21 BC18 E211 T11 E94 EM1 E3 T5 E205 UR5 UR88 BC1
Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

100 Years Ago Today Los Angeles Firefighters Battled the Famous Brennan Hotel Fire

Thursday, January 24, 2013 |

We would like to share a story with you that turns 100 years-old today. Not just any story. A story that is one of the most talked about fires in the history of the Los Angeles Fire Department.


A fire so vicious it injured 30 rugged firemen, burying five, and nearly cost the Chief of the Department his life. A fire where chorus girls in makeup rewarded exhausted firemen with kisses as they exited the smoke-filled building. A fire where likely more pictures were taken than any other fire in the horse drawn era (1877-1921). A fire so fierce it inspired the instant making of a movie. A fire where the Los Angeles Mayor actually pulled hose-line, and thousands of spectators powerlessly watched wide eyed.

This is a story like no other, and just when everyone thought the flames were out...

Los Angeles Examiner
January 24, 1913

Fed by paints, oils and wallpaper of the stock of the Los Angeles Wallpaper and Paint Company, at 529 South Main street, a fire, discovered shortly before 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon, swept from top to bottom of the five-story building with the fierceness of flames in a furnace, inflicting a loss of about $100,000 and furnishing a thrilling spectacle to many thousands of persons during the stubborn fight which lasted till nightfall before the firemen had conquered. The fire started in the rear part of the ground floor of the paint company's store, but the cause of it is not known. As soon as Chief Eley arrived he saw the seriousness of the menace and a second and a third alarm followed in rapid succession, until all of the fire companies of the central portion of the city were massed in the struggle to keep the flames within the four walls and save what could be saved from the burning building.

Fire Chief Eley, but lately risen from a sick bed, led his men with persistent courage, forcing his way again and again into the gas-choked basement and the first floor, until a final venture into the death tap almost cost him his life.

An explosion of turpentine casks had thrown a group of firemen out through a basement entrance and had covered another group with a mass of wallpaper from shattered shelving. Immediately following the rescue of these men, just before 5 o'clock, Chief Eley, who had already fainted twice from exertion and exposure to choking fumes, made his way from the rear alley forward through the basement, determined to learn personally if there were other stocks of explosive oils that would endanger the lives of his firemen. 
Presently the absence of the chief was noticed, and a dozen firemen began a frantic search for him.

Firemen J. Reyes of Engine Company No.5 came upon the chief, lying unconscious on the basement floor about 35 feet from the Main street front.

Reyes picked Chief Eley up in his arms and carried him to the front and up a ladder through the sidewalk door. Eley was hurried to the Hospital of the Good Samaritan, unconscious and in a serious condition. He was treated with oxygen, and after an hour recovered consciousness. Late last night he was reported by the physicians in charge to be resting easy and in no danger.

(J. Reyes, now fifty years later as Capt. Reyes, L.A.F.D. retired, states that Chief Eley tripped and fell through an open shipping hatch into nine feet of hot water and turpentine in the basement. Reyes, assigned to Engine Co.5, left his company and entered the hot water and rescued the chief swimming to the hatch opening where Eley was lifted out of the water with a pike pole. Reyes himself became extremely ill from inhaling the turpentine fumes and the hot water he swallowed making the rescue. However, he was not taken to the hospital or listed among those treated. According to Capt. Reyes, as he recalls the incident, Assistant Chief O'Donnell threatened to dismiss Reyes for leaving his company, but Capt. Stephen Queirolo, a natural leader during those early days, threatened to leave the job if Reyes was penalized for his bravery so the matter was dropped. Reyes received no recognition for his act.)

FALSE REPORT CAUSES GLOOM

Shortly after the chief was taken away in the ambulance the word spread among the firemen that he was dying, and they continued the fight under a pall of sadness in that belief.

The four upper floors of the burned building were occupied by the Hotel Brennan. The lodgers had ample warning, and all had left the lodging house before there was any danger to life.

The value of stock of the paint company is placed at $60,000. It is a total loss.

The furniture of the Brennan was worth about $15,000, and it is almost entirely destroyed by the fire and water.

The building, owned by Gustave Brenner of San Francisco, is estimated to have been worth about $75,000, and half of that is the estimate of loss. None of the walls fell.

Wing's Cafe, a chop suey place, which occupied one of the ground floor rooms adjacent to the paint company, suffered a loss of about $5,000.

PROPERTY WELL INSURED

Insurance of $67,500 was carried on the building. The paint company carried insurance to the amount of $20,000. S.M. Green, proprietor of the Brennan, had $10,000 insurance on his furniture, and the cafe was insured to the amount of $3,000.

From 2 o'clock until after 6 Main street and Fifth and Sixth streets were blocked to traffic. Masses of spectators were packed against the ropes at the street corners, and thousands more watched the fire from the roofs of the Kerkoff, Central, Pacific Electric, Security and other tall buildings in the vicinity.

A portion of the matinee audience at the Burbank theater had reached the house before the streets were closed, and most of them sat through the play, in ignorance of the thrilling scenes in real life that were being enacted just on the other side of the swinging doors.

The Optic theater, next door to the paint store, was filled with an audience watching the moving pictures when the fire was discovered. The manager announced that an accident to the film mechanism compelled a suspension of the entertainment, and the theater was emptied without confusion.

GALLANT FIREMEN KISSED

Rehearsal was on at the Century theater, just north of the burning building. The stage was drenched with water and the rehearsal and evening performance were abandoned. The chorus girls, in their makeup, watched the fire, and, in their enthusiasm over the daring shown by the firemen, rewarded some of them with kisses as they came out of the smoke-filled storerooms for breathing spells.

There were thrilling rescues of women in grave peril, but the women were moving picture actresses and the rescuers were actors with terra cotta complexions and black, cornice-like eyebrows. The "movies" man was on hand within half an hour of the time the fire started, with camera and company, and seizing a time when the ladies in front were not in use, the brave rescuers carried limp women down them, while the cameraman worked his crank and shouted hoarse directions.

So realistic was all this that a policeman was deceived and, rushing forward, seized an apparently unconscious girl from the arms of an actor and was rushing to an ambulance with her when her friends effected a genuine rescue.

THIRTY FIREMAN OVERCOME

Probably in all thirty firemen were overcome temporarily by the gas inside the building. Some of them were revived and returned to their work. Firemen were taken to hospitals for treatment.

A second and then a third alarm brought all the downtown fire apparatus to the scene. Twenty lines of hose poured their streams into the building from Main street, from the alley in the rear and from the roofs of the buildings across the alley.

Four engines, the tower, two hook and ladder trucks and three of four hose wagons were grouped at the Main street front. Two engines were at Sixth and Main, and three at Fifth and Main streets, and three more at the Fifth street mouth of the alley in which there was a cluster of ladder and hose trucks.

The firemen fought against great odds, as the combustible stock of the paint store, in the rear of which the fire started, blazed fiercely in spite of the torrents of water that were poured upon it. The flames swept up an air shaft and spread to every floor of the hotel, and down into the basement, where most of the paints and oils were stored. Embers fell all about the block, but with the competent force and equipment Chief Eley had brought to the contest, there was at no time any real danger of the fire spreading beyond the four walls.

Mayor Alexander was on the scene and occasionally lent a hand at tugging at a line of hose. Later he visited the Receiving Hospital and shook hands with each of the injured firemen, congratulating them on the courage with which they had fought till overcome.

RIVAL POLITICIANS ON SCENE

Meyer Lissner, whose Lissner building abuts on the alley directly opposite the burned building, watched the fire closely. It is a coincidence that Gustave Brenner, owner of the structure that burned, was chairman of the rump Republican State convention, held at the time Lissner as chairman of the Republican State Central committee, was directing the activities of the faction in control.

The most tense period of the fight came at a time when thousands of watchers thought the spectacle was ended. A sullen roar came from the basement, the muffled report of an explosion, presumably of turpentine casks.

Lieutenant J. Smith, R. Conklin and Ed Welte of Engine Company No.24 were entering the basement and they were hurled back to the street by the force of the explosion.

On the ground floor a group of firemen were working desperately when an avalanche of wall-paper, jarred from shelves by the explosion, came tumbling down upon them.

FIVE BURIED UNDER DEBRIS

Captain C.F. Blackwell, Howard Dyer and Roy King of Hose Company 23, William Shiller of Engine Company No.7, and J.F. Corneaugh of Truck Company 1 were buried under the debris and were immediately in danger of suffocation, their situation being all the more critical because the room was thick with smoke and gases.

A score of their comrades rushed in and dug frantically till all of them were rescued and carried out, to be hurried away to the Receiving Hospital.

Following the rescue of Chief Eley, Assistant Fire Chief O'Donnell took charge of the fight and remained on duty till all further danger had passed.

A.W. Dominguez, captain of Engine Company 14, was enjoying a day off when the alarms sounded. He made all speed to the fire and worked with his men all through the afternoon.

John B. Conlon, who recently retired as battalion chief of fireboats of the New York fire department after thirty years of service, was an interested spectator.

H.W. Broughton is president and H.C. Grupe is secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles Wallpaper and Paint Company, which, after Brenner, is the heaviest loser in the fire.

HORSE TAKEN THROUGH FIRE

A horse hitched to a delivery wagon stood in the alley when the fire lines were closed and rather than try to get him out through the dense crowds he was unhitched and taken out to Spring street through a liquor store.

Many of the lodgers in the Hotel Brennan saved some of their effects. Motormem and conductors in uniform, a large number of who roomed there, went into the building long after it had been deserted by its dwellers and came out with grips, suitcases and trunks, drenched but happy in the rescue of their possessions...

Here is a list of the most seriously injured firemen working at this fire. There were 30 firemen in all requiring treatment by those listed were as follows:
  • Chief A.J. ELEY--Overcome by smoke and fumes: in Columbia Hospital; condition serious, but not fatal.
  • CHESTER HOPKINS--Operator for Assistant Chief O'Donnell, overcome by smoke.
  • HOWARD DYER--Engine Co.23, slight cut on head.
  • R.W. KING--Hose No.23, overcome by smoke.
  • W.SHILLER--Engine Co.7, overcome by smoke.
  • C.F. BLACKWELL--Engine Co.23, overcome by smoke.
  • M.R. KLINE--Engine Co.3, cut on foot by glass.
  • H.H. RHOADES--Truck No.6, hand cut by glass.
  • HARRY COONEY--Hose No.6, overcome by smoke.
  • R.G. SCHUTE--Engine Co.24, overcome by smoke.
  • J.F. CORNEAUGH--Truck No.1, contusion of back and overcome by smoke.
  • LEONARD GRIFFIN--Engine Co.3, inflamed eye and overcome by smoke.

This is but one story of a Fire Department drenched in rich history, centered around bravery. May it remind us of the daily courageous acts of firefighters world wide and the countless stories gone untold.


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Researched by Fred S. Allen & Frank Borden
Edited & Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Man Critically Injured in North Hollywood Apartment Fire

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 |

NORTH HOLLYWOOD - A man dramatically rescued from a burning apartment by Los Angeles Firefighters late Wednesday evening, was fighting for his life at an area hospital, as investigators sought the cause of the blaze.


The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 10:44 PM on January 23, 2013 to 6737 Denny Avenue in North Hollywood. Firefighters arrived quickly to find one first-floor unit at the rear of the 18,150 square-foot 2 story garden-style apartment building fully involved with fire.

Thirty-seven firefighters under the command of Battalion Chief Peter Benesch mounted a tenacious fire attack with simultaneous search that led to the dramatic rescue of a 20 year-old pulseless and non-breathing man from the intensely burning apartment.

A relentless resuscitation effort by a trio of LAFD Paramedics ensued and continued during ambulance transport, as the veteran rescuers leveraged decades of experience to restore a heartbeat and respiration to the man, who had sustained second- and third-degree burns to more than 70% of his body.

No other injuries were reported.

Monetary loss from the fire, which was confined to the one heavily damaged apartment, is still being tabulated. The cause of the blaze remains under a joint active investigation by Los Angeles Police officials and Investigators from the LAFD Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section.
Dispatched Units: E260 E60 T60 RA860 RA60 E89 EM14 BC14 E77 E289 T89 E86 AR2 AR23 AR7 AR9
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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Major Emergency Structure Fire Injures 14 in San Pedro Hotel

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 |

SAN PEDRO - Fourteen people were treated for injuries, and 12 were transported to hospitals, three in critical condition, after an early morning fire erupted in a San Pedro hotel.

Just after 3:30 AM on January 22, 2013, local firefighters returning from a medical emergency on 12th Street located a structure fire at 1001 South Palos Verdes Street in San Pedro, before any 9-1-1 calls were received.

A 35 unit two-story Center Hallway Hotel, built in 1923, had one unit on the first floor well involved in flames that were lapping up to the second story.

The blaze spread rapidly causing one adult female occupant to jump from the second story due to extreme heat and smoke. She suffered a extremity fracture. Additional occupants were threatening to jump, however firefighters swiftly raised ladders to the second story windows and rescued occupants hanging out of them.

Additional Companies were immediately requested. Firefighters made an aggressive interior attack with hose-lines while colleagues performed vertical ventilation with chainsaws to release hot gasses and heat, assisting the attack, control, and ability to extinguish the fire.

Simultaneously a rapid search of the 7,748 square-foot building ensued, and all occupants were promptly evacuated.

A total of 150 Los Angeles Firefighters, under the command of Assistant Chief Patrick Butler, extinguished the blaze in 34 minutes. Seven of the 35 small units were damaged, two extensively.

All 12 of the injured that required transport to local hospitals were triaged as needing "immediate" medical assistance. Among those transported was a male who had sustained severe burns from the fire. The 69 year-old male, whose name is not being released at this time, pending notification to his family, sadly died from his wounds and was pronounced dead at the hospital on Wednesday afternoon. Also transported was a police officer who suffered smoke inhalation trying to get people out of the building. Firefighters also rescued a cat, provided it with oxygen and searched for a missing small dog.

A MTA bus provided temporary shelter from the cold for the approximate 30 displaced occupants, until assistance from the American Red Cross was received.

The cause of the fire remains under active investigation by Los Angeles Police Departments’ Robbery-Homicide Division and LAFD's Arson Section who utilized an Accelerant Detecting K9 to assist. There were functional smoke alarms, but no fire sprinklers.

Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).

Dispatched Units: E112 E248 E48 T48 RA848 E36 RA36 E285 T85 EM13 BC6 BC13 E49 RA101 RA85 EM11 E101 E40 E264 T64 E221 T21 SQ21 DC1 EM1 BC11 E85 UR85 T5 E205 UR88 BC4 T33 E233 RA112 E38 RA38 E79 RA79 RA264 RA64 E57 RA257 E226 T26 E295 T95 E211 T11 AR1 E65 E64 RA17 RA46 RA21 AR7 RA5 RA101 AR9 RA112 RA101 RA848 RT40 T94 E294
This fire "is being treated as criminal in nature''. - LAFD PIO Captain Jaime Moore.

"It is fortunate firefighters arrived so quickly to this tragic incident, even before a 9-1-1 call was received, and were able to rapidly rescue occupants hanging from second story windows. It had the potential to be much worse." -Erik Scott, LAFD Spokesman.

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Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Smoke Alarm Helps Save Lives in Brentwood Blaze

Friday, January 18, 2013 |

BRENTWOOD - On January 18, 2013, just after 9 AM, Los Angeles Firefighters arrived to 847 South Bundy Drive to find a side by side 2 story condominium over parking, approximately 1600 sq. ft.

First units on scene reported fire showing from the roof of a 39 year old structure. Fortunately all occupants exited the premise when they heard the smoke alarms. Another great example of reminding all of us to check our batteries and making sure all our smoke alarms are in working order. In today’s case this potentially saved the resident's life.

Immediately on arrival, additional companies were requested to prevent the spread of this fire to the rest of the 33,000 sq. ft. lot of these Brentwood condos. A total of 100 Firefighters under the command of Battalion Chief Charles Butler, contained the fire to structures 847 and 845 Bundy Drive and fully extinguished the flames in just 33 minutes.

Teams of Los Angeles Firefighters remained on scene for over 4 hours to assisting displaced owners and salvage remains.

No injuries were reported. Upon completion of assessment from arson investigator Jose Sanchez “The cause of this fire was deemed accidental.” The dollar loss is estimated at $550,000 ($500,000 structure & $50,000 contents)

Every year in the United States, about 3,500 people die in home fires. Most of these deaths occurred in homes that didn’t have a working smoke alarm.

Lastly, don't forget to prepare and practice your fire escape plan twice a year with everyone in your household, including children and people with disabilities.

Dispatched Units: E19 RA19 E237 T37 RA37 E59 E292 T92 E71 E269 T69 EM14 BC18 BC5 E61 DC3 E229 E27 RA59 BC10 UR88 T27 E227 UR27 RA27 RA827 E5 BC4 E15 E263 T63 SQ21 BC9 EA1 BC4 DC3 AR2 AR7

Submitted by Shawn Lenske, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Encourages Safety as Cold Snap Continues

Friday, January 11, 2013 |

As temperatures drop, the risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning increases. This is why the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) and Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) are reminding the public about important safety tips to reduce the risk of CO exposure.

 Carbon Monoxide, also known as the "silent killer", is the leading cause of unintentional poisoning deaths in America. CO is an odorless, tasteless and invisible gas that can lead to brain damage and even death. 

CO poisoning can occur as a result of a poorly ventilated heater or a CO leak from another source. Symptoms can include nausea, headaches, paralysis and even death. Please heed the following tips to help prevent CO poisoning:

  •  Never use a gas oven, portable barbecue or range for space heating.
  •  Have natural gas furnaces checked at least once a year by a licensed heating contractor or SoCalGas.
  •  Vacuum and clean regularly in and around the furnace, particularly around the burner compartment to prevent a build-up of dust and lint.
  •  Never store items in, on or around the appliance that can obstruct airflow.
  •  If you suspect that you or a loved one is suffering from CO poisoning, call 9-1-1 immediately. 

 
Did you know? As of July 1, 2011, the State of California requires Carbon Monoxide detectors in single family homes. (Owners of multi-family leased or rental dwellings, such as apartment buildings, had until January 1, 2013 to comply with the law.) This new law is to be enforced by the City of Los Angeles, Housing Department.
 A freeze watch is in effect from late Saturday night, January 11, 2013 through Sunday morning:
 
  • Low Temperature 24-37 Degrees.
  • Wind Direction NE.
  • Wind Speed 15-25 MPH.
  • Wind Gusts 40 MPH.
  • Wind Chill will vary from the low teens to the low thirties.
 This could be a dangerous situation for people and pets that are not prepared to endure several hours of bitterly cold air, especially between the hours of 3 AM and 8 AM. In addition, exposed non-insulated pipes may break or burst when temperatures drop below freezing.

Please remember: There is a Winter Shelter Program for those in need. If you, or someone you know needs social services or shelter referral, please call 2-1-1, the County’s free 24-hour information line for health and human services.
 
While our primary focus is on people, the men and women of the LAFD are fond of pets, and encourage Cold Weather Protection for Pets.

Your Los Angeles Firefighters are taking precautions too: All Officers will consider the effects of cold weather and wind chill on personnel operating at emergency incidents, training events and other outside activities such as community relations events. Officers will also monitor the public and firefighters for signs and symptoms of hypothermia and take appropriate measures to prevent such cold weather injures.

The Los Angeles Fire Department is committed to protecting the health and welfare of the Los Angeles Community. Please take the necessary precautions to keep you and your family safe during this winter cold spell.

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Elderly Couple Struggle to Survive Boyle Heights House Fire

Thursday, January 10, 2013 |

BOYLE HEIGHTS - Despite a valiant rescue effort by Good Samaritans, and the quick response of Los Angeles Firefighters, an elderly man and woman were hospitalized in grave condition Thursday morning, after an accidental fire swept through their home.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 9:00 AM on January 10, 2013 to 3136 East Malabar Street, where they found a 1,400 square foot one-story home fully involved with fire.


A pair of men, who had just taken their children to adjacent Malabar Elementary School, ran to the scene and forced entry to the rear of the home, kicking a door to begin rescue of a non-breathing 70 year-old woman. The LAFD arrived to complete the effort and provide advanced medical care for the lifeless resident.

Despite oppressive fire conditions fed by variable wind, firefighters relentlessly searched the burning building to find and rescue the woman's non-breathing 90 year old spouse. He was swiftly provided care by a separate team of LAFD Paramedics, and the two were soon transported in 'grave' condition to nearby hospitals.

Sixty Los Angeles Firefighters under the command of Battalion Chief Phillip Fligiel, prevented the fire from spreading to adjacent homes or the nearby school. They fully extinguished the flames in just 21 minutes. Two firefighters suffered smoke exposure due to suddenly shifting winds. They were medically evaluated at the scene before being returned to duty. No other injuries were reported.

A post-fire investigation found no evidence of functional smoke alarms within the home, and further determined that window security bars were not equipped with mandated emergency escape quick-release systems. A front door security screen was found to be secured inappropriately with a padlock, and myriad electrical hazards, including overloaded circuits, improperly used extension cords and portable space heaters were found throughout the 107 year-old wood frame home, which was not equipped with residential fire sprinklers.

Monetary loss from the fire - which destroyed the home, is still being tabulated. Following a detailed examination of the scene, LAFD Investigators resolutely determined there were no suspicious circumstances. The specific cause of the fire remains undetermined.
Dispatched Units: E2 E25 RA25 RA1 T3 E203 EM1 BC1 E9 E16 T9 T2 E202 RA17 RA9 EM13 AR1 DC1 EM3 AR23 AR39 AR12 AR17 E203 T3
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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Your Road Map to Earning an LAFD Badge

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Visit JoinLAFD.org for your directions...What does it take to become a Los Angeles Firefighter? Has the application process changed? What about the requirements - are they more stringent or less?

These questions spring eternal.

As with other other City of Los Angeles career positions, there are requirements every applicant must meet before entering the Los Angeles Fire Department Recruit Training Academy.

Your journey to earning an LAFD badge can start today by visiting:

JoinLAFD.org

...if a question isn't answered at the website above, speak with an LAFD Recruiter at 1-855-552-LAFD

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department